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Scaling up student success

UNM Collaborative Teaching + Learning Building (CTLB)

Serving multiple departments at the University of New Mexico, the Collaborative Teaching and Learning Building (CTLB) provides versatile, computer-based classrooms designed to provide flexibility of curriculum. The CTLB contains a series of classroom and seminar spaces designed for groups as small as 2-3 students to large classes of 126. It also provides a variety of areas for informal student and teacher gathering – areas that allow learning beyond the structured settings of the classrooms.

This project is built on a site in the center of UNM's central campus and is essentially an in-fill building. Because of the small site and UNM's desire to increase the density of the central campus, the building is stacked into a three-story arrangement leaving an adjacent area for a future horizontal expansion.

Innovative classroom spaces in the building are technology rich. One classroom is designed as a SCALE-UP classroom (Student-Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs), modeled on similar facilities at North Carolina State University and MIT. Designed for 126 students, this technology-rich classroom changes the way teaching occurs for large groups of students, replacing lecture halls and allowing students to collaborate in small groups on project-based curricula. Additionally the building provides a variety of study spaces that, along with innovative classroom models, accommodate varying learning styles.

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM

10,001-25,000 sf


Beyond the Building

  • Building Performance
  • Community Benefit
  • Experience Redefined
  • Mission Support
  • Organizational Culture
  • Rightsizing
  • Sustainability
  • Technology Modernization


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